JU has quick turnaround to face #22 Georgetown
Marcus Allen
Marcus Allen
It was just over 12 hours earlier that the final buzzer of the season opener had sounded before the JU men’s basketball team boarded a plane for the nation’s capital for a Monday night date with No. 22 Georgetown.

The Dolphins (0-1) dropped a heartbreaker to Florida State at home, 59-57, rallying from a 17-point deficit in the final four minutes to having a chance to win the game.

With barely a night of rest, the Dolphins hit the road for an even bigger test, which tips off at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.

“Last night is behind us and we’re focused on the next game, which is Georgetown,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “There are some positives to come out of last night and we’ll work on those while focusing on our correcting our mistakes at practice tonight.”

The highlight of the night was the Dolphins rally in the final 3:47 that turned a 17-point deficit to two, turning what once was a small basket into an ocean as the Dolphins hit two of their five 3-pointers during the run.

The downside was the rough shooting first half, where the Dolphins hit just 8-of-33 from the floor, including 1-of-16 from behind the arc.

While a cold shooting night can happen any time, the Dolphins defense saw Florida State hit 10-of-20 from the floor to take a 30-17 lead at the half, just to big a hole for JU to overcome.

“We know we’ve got to play the entire game the same way we played the final four minutes,” said point guard Ben Smith.